What Sunroom Style Fits Your Lifestyle?

Are you thinking about adding a sunroom to your home? It’s a big investment so you’ve probably started to do some research on different types of sunrooms. To find out more information on the basics of the three most common types of sunrooms: all-season sunrooms, three-season sunrooms, and porch enclosures check out this previous post.

After you know the differences, the big decision has to be made and we think there is a key question you can ask to help you decide which type of sunroom will best fit your lifestyle. What are you going to be doing in your new sunroom? Once you’ve answered that question, you can move forward with your exciting project.

A sunroom is the perfect transitional space in your home. Not quite indoors, but not outdoors either, a sunroom can be an oasis, a retreat from the everyday chaos of your life. However, not everyone envisions their sunroom the same way and what is the right sunroom for some, might be the wrong sunroom for others. Let’s dig a little deeper to help you make your crucial choice.

All-Season Sunroom

 Are you imagining drinking your morning coffee while gazing out over your yard even during the coldest months of the year? Perhaps you want to take advantage of all that natural light and set up your office in your sunroom. Do you practice yoga? Sunrooms are a  wonderful space to set up your yoga retreat. How about some extra space where you can wow your friends with your entertaining skills and your awesome view all at the same time? If any or all of this sounds perfect to you, then we would suggest adding an all-season sunroom to your home. All-season sunrooms are the option that has the highest-rated energy efficiency windows and the best insulation. Add a sunroom heating/cooling system and you will have a comfortable, temperature-controlled space that you can enjoy every single day of the year, no matter what the weather may be.


Three-Season Sunroom

Perhaps you are a bit more concerned about affordability and you think your sunroom is a space that you will be happy to forgo during the coldest months of the year.  Maybe you just want to eat breakfast while enjoying your garden during the spring and summer months. Or, you might travel during the colder months and you won’t be here to utilize your sunroom. In that case, a three-season sunroom is probably the right fit for you. Three-seasons sunrooms utilize single-paned windows with tempered glass. They are best suited for use during months with milder weather but, they provide the same amazing views and the same indoor-outdoor feel as an all-season sunroom.


Porch Enclosure

Do you have a porch that you never use? Maybe you are a little cramped for space and are looking for an affordable way to increase the square footage of your home. Perhaps you’ve been looking to add a sunroom to your home but, you want a cost-conscious option. A porch enclosure is the best, and most affordable, way to add a sunroom to your home. You can say goodbye to the dirt, pollen, and bugs that can be found on your porch and say hello to a temperature-controlled indoor space that can be used year-round. Turn your porch into a true sitting room that you can use even during the coldest month by adding a heating and cooling system. The possibilities are endless.


The Difference Between All-Season And Three-Season Sunrooms And Porch Enclosures

Spring and summer are on the horizon, which means the beauty of Western North Carolina will soon be in full view. People are ready to get outdoors and fully embrace nature but, sometimes that embrace can come with small irritations. Namely, heat, humidity, bugs, and pollen. Fortunately, there is a way that you can enjoy the beauty that surrounds you while still relaxing in temperature-controlled, pest-free comfort. The solution is to add a sunroom to your home or convert that porch you never use into an enclosure you can use during every season. The three most common types of sunrooms are all-season sunrooms, three-season sunrooms, and porch enclosures. While all three have similarities, it is their small yet significant differences that can help you make the perfect choice for your lifestyle.


What do the three have in common?

All-season sunrooms, three-season sunrooms, and porch enclosures bring natural light into your home. They also protect you from the sun, rain, wind, pollen, and bugs. Each one creates an opportunity to add valuable square footage to your home. Plus, you get to enjoy the natural beauty around you. Sunrooms and porch enclosures are an excellent way to add to your home’s aesthetic too.



All-season sunrooms

If you have a deck or patio that you rarely use, have an aversion to bugs, or suffer from allergies, sunrooms provide the perfect space that allows you to enjoy the outdoors while retaining the comforts of indoors. The windows in an all-season sunroom are double-paned, energy star rated and provide UV filtration that can keep floors and furniture from fading. They provide the highest level of energy efficiency and help keep the sunroom warm in the winter and cooler in the summer. Sliding windows allow for maximum ventilation with a less obstructed view and the screens are composed of mesh that is less noticeable than in standard windows which contributes to better visibility. In other words, it really is all about that view!


To contribute to the overall energy efficiency of the room, all corners of the windows and doors are fusion welded to prevent drafts and leaks and the frame and roof of the room are insulated. Maintenance of all-season patio rooms is a breeze as they are easy to clean and never need to be stained or painted. 


Our all-season sunrooms are available in two roof styles, gable and studio, and two colors, beige and white.


Three season sunrooms

While these sunrooms share similarities with the all-season patio rooms, they possess their own set of unique qualities. Three-season sunrooms provide a more affordable option for increasing your living area. Due to the difference in the energy efficiency of the windows, these rooms are most suitable for use in the spring, summer, and fall. However, a heating and cooling system can be added to these rooms to provide a comfortable environment for winter use as well.


It is the windows that are the most significant difference between these two types of sunrooms. The windows in a three-season room are comprised of single-paned, tempered glass. While this type of window is not as energy-efficient, they offer most of the advantages of a double-paned window. The sliding windows provide UV filtration and open wide to provide better views while the screens are comprised of the same mesh that is less noticeable and provides higher visibility. These windows have the advantage of being more easily customizable and come in a variety of sizes.


If you prefer to have a larger variety of color options, our three-season sunrooms come in four standard colors, clay, coffee, white, and beige plus a range of custom colors. Choose between a gable or studio roof style and keep in mind that it is possible to add a heating and cooling system for temperature control year-round.


Porch enclosures ​​​​​​​

If you have a porch you never use and are looking for an affordable way to add a sunroom to your home, consider converting that unused space with a porch enclosure. A porch enclosure allows you to add sunroom walls and windows, giving you a beautiful room that you can use year-round. This cost-conscious option utilizes your existing structure to create the sunroom while providing the same benefits as a room that is built from the ground up. Your porch can be converted to a three-season or all-season room depending on the type of windows you select. You can choose from sliding or hinged doors to complete your enclosure and further customize the space with flooring and light fixtures that suit your style

Porch Enclosure? What's That?

We’ve been in business for over 30 years and we’ve discovered that often many different people have common problems with their outdoor living areas. They don’t want to sit on their porch in the evenings because the bugs just won’t stop biting them. Their outdoor furniture on the patio has gotten so dirty that it's pretty much ruined. They would love to sit outside but it just started pouring rain. The list goes on and on and the end result is that people rarely get to enjoy their porch or patio.Kiskaddon Porch Enclosure (3) So we tell them, no problem, we can do an enclosure for you and solve all those problems. That’s when we sometimes get a bit of a blank look. An explanation is clearly needed. You probably know what a sunroom is. You’re probably familiar with screen rooms. But, what are we talking about when we say porch enclosure or patio conversion? What does that look like? With an enclosure or conversion, we simply take the existing floor and ceiling that you already have and add walls and windows to turn your porch or patio into a room that you can use year round. Usually this can be done in just a few days. Yes, just a couple of days from porch to completely enclosed room! 3-Season-Porch-Enclosure-in-Cummings-Cove-Community-in-Hendersonville-NC The sliding windows are easy to open and close and really easy to clean. The large screens allow you to enjoy the breeze when the weather is fine and the tempered glass windows keep the room comfortable in an energy efficient manner when the weather gets unpleasant. You can customize the room any way you like by putting down new flooring, adding ceiling fans, or putting in new light fixtures. Make the space fit your unique sense of style. After all, we can promise you’ll be spending a lot of time there. Our customers tell us their enclosures quickly become the favorite room in their house. Bugs? Pollen? Dirty furniture? Sound like familiar problems? We can do an enclosure for you. Ah, I can see you know exactly what I’m talking about.

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Your Pets Need Sun Protection Too

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The weather is getting warmer and the sun is starting to really heat things up. This is the perfect time of year to spend some quality time outside with the family. If you are like me, I bet you are stopping your kids and urging them to put some sunscreen on before they head outside to play in the sun. You don’t want them to have to deal with the pain of sunburn now or have issues with skin cancer later. My daughter calls me the “Sunscreen Queen” and I’m okay with that. It’s my job to protect her.

You may not realize it but, your pets need sun protection too. Dogs and cats can get sunburned, especially white coated animals. Animals that like to sunbathe on their backs and expose their tender tummies to the mercy of the sun can burn too. That is one of the most common places to see sunburn on pets along with the tips of the ears and the nose. Skin cancer is a concern for your pets as well. Both cats and dogs can develop skin cancer, including melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Fortunately, there are simple things you can do to protect your pets from the harmful effects of the sun.

Provide Shade Protection

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The number one recommendation from veterinarians and animal health care specialists is to provide your pet with a shady place to get out of the sun. The shade protection should be adequate for them to be fully covered when they are under it. Awnings are an ideal way to provide plenty of shade at an affordable price. Not only do they protect pets from the UV rays of the sun, it also feels 10 to 15 degrees cooler under an awning. In addition to sunburn and skin cancer, some pets can suffer from heatstroke so having shade and plenty of water is essential for their health and safety.

Use Pet Sunscreen

When choosing a sunscreen for your pet, choose one that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. These sunscreens will be labeled “broad spectrum” and they provide protection against sunburn and skin cancer. Keep in mind that it is not okay to use a human sunscreen on your pet. Some of them can make your pet extremely ill. For example, never use a sunscreen that contains zinc oxide on your dog. It is toxic to dogs and can cause anemia. Look for sunscreens that are specially formulated for your pet or check with your veterinarian to ensure you are using a sunscreen that is pet safe.

Avoid The Sun During Peak Hours

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The best way to protect your pet from the harmful rays of the sun is to keep them indoors during the peak sun hours of 10 am to 4 pm if at all possible. Limit their exposure and you reduce their risk of sun related problems.

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Come See Us At The Live Well Expo This Weekend For A Special Awning Offer

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We are really excited to be participating in the Live Well Expo at the WNC Ag Center this Saturday. We have a beautiful retractable awning and pergola exhibit planned and we have a very special awning offer that we will be giving out this year. It is by far the best awning discount that we will be offering for the entire year! If you are thinking about getting any type of awning for your home, come by our booth to get our special offer. It will definitely be worth it.

Now Is The Time To Clean Your Awnings

Spring is a great time to get out there and clean those fabric awnings. A fabric awning typically last 10-12 years with routine and correct cleanings. The process is usually pretty simple and will keep your awnings looking good year round. One of the easiest ways to keep your awnings looking great is to simply hose off the fabric with water monthly to keep the dirt and debris from embedding into the fabric. However, a more vigorous cleaning will be needed every couple of years to keep your awnings looking their best. You can check out our awning cleaning video or click here for Sunbrella's fabric care and cleaning guide to ensure you are cleaning your awnings correctly. We typically use Sunbrella fabric for our awnings because it is one of the best awning fabrics on the market. Their cleaning guide will usually work for most fabric awnings but, if you have a different type of fabric for your awning, you will want to check out the manufacturer's website for their cleaning recommendations. If you don't want to do the cleaning yourself, we will be happy to recommend an awning cleaning professional to you. 


Reasons to Replace Those Worn Out Windows

Seaway Accolade WindowMany times you will hear window companies tell you that the number one reason to replace your old, worn out windows is to save money. It is true that Energy Star qualified replacement windows can lower your energy bills by 7 to 15% and can save you hundreds of dollars a year in energy costs. However, as anyone who has ever looked into the cost of replacement windows can tell you, it can take many years of energy savings just to pay for those windows. The true benefits to replacing your windows may not be as attention grabbing but, they are valuable benefits that can make your home more comfortable and even improve your quality of life.

Keeping It Quiet

Installing new windows can really cut down on the noise entering your home from the great outdoors. Double paned glass and tight seals can also help reduce the amount of noise leaving your home; a very attractive benefit for those who like to turn up the tunes or are raising teenagers.

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

As more people are becoming aware of the environmental impact that human beings are having on this planet, they are becoming more conscious of the decisions that can be made to decrease that impact. Replacing your old windows can increase energy efficiency resulting in a decreased carbon footprint. There is no downside to that.

Keep Your Loved Ones and Loved Things Safe

Many people think about doors but forget about windows when they think about their home security. Often, old windows don’t close or lock properly creating an easy point of entry into your home. Replacement windows with their tight seals and secure locks can increase the security of your home and decrease your worry.

Less Maintenance Equals More Time for You

Replacement windows are much easier to clean. That is a pretty strong incentive to go out and replace your windows right away but, there is more. Vinyl replacement windows, which are the most common, don’t have to be painted. Ever! Low maintenance is definitely the way to go and means that you have more time to enjoy the things you actually want to do.

Let the Light Shine In

Many of you know that recent studies have shown that exposure to natural light helps keep people heathier and sleeping better. New windows have smaller frames and larger panes of glass which allow more light into your home. Choose windows with Low-E glass and your home will stay cooler in the summer even with the increased light coming through your windows.

Keep Your Home Looking Good

No homeowner has ever hoped that their home looks old and rundown from the street. We all want our home to have curb appeal. New windows can help improve the look of your home and, as a bonus, homeowners who invest in new windows see about an 80% return on investment when they sell their home. Now that looks pretty good to me.



Offering Solutions and Making You Smile

We've been hard at working developing and shooting new commercials for our sunrooms and awnings. We wanted these commercials to be a little bit different from our previous commercials. We had two goals. Our spokesperson, Betsy, has a lovely, humorous personality that we wanted to fully utilize and we wanted to really show the reasons that people purchase our products. We hit upon the idea of showing the "weather challenges" that keep people from enjoying their outdoor living spaces and how our products could solve those challenges and allow people to expand their outdoor living areas. This 15 second sunroom commercial is showing how we can solve the "it's so hot outside" problem. We hope it makes you smile!

Create The Perfect Home For You

We want to help create the perfect home for you! As many folks who live in or are moving to Asheville are aware, finding that perfect home to buy in and around this area can be quite a challenge. Right now, it is definitely a seller's market here in WNC. The median home prices in Asheville are at a record high and there is a minimal amount of homes available below the $300,000 range. No doubt, it is tough for many buyers to find a home that suits their needs. If you are looking to upgrade your current home or you can't find a new home that works for you, our sunrooms, awnings, pergolas, windows and doors can be the perfect additions to transform a maybe house into the perfect home.



Our sunrooms add coveted square footage and allow you to enjoy all the beauty of the outdoors in the comfort of the indoors. In other words, fully enjoy bird watching and the flowers in your garden without sneezing from all the pollen floating around or worrying about that afternoon thunderstorm. Add a heating/cooling system and you can use your room for the entire year. We have had customers use their sunrooms as offices, bedrooms and living rooms. No matter how they choose to use their sunrooms, they all agree that it has become their favorite room in the entire house.




You can really expand your outdoor living space with an awning. Many of us choose to live here because it is an absolutely gorgeous part of the country. Awnings allow you to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors even during the hottest months of summer. Awnings provide sun protection, create shade that can help lower your energy costs, and provide protection from the rain.

Retractable awnings are a versatile option because you can leave it retracted in order to enjoy the sun when you are in the mood for a little Vitamin D then, when the sun gets too hot and you are ready for some shade, just extend the awning and sit back and relax. Retractables can be motorized and provide you with shade in less than 60 seconds with just the touch of a button. We have hundreds of fabric choices and numerous style options to ensure that you can create the look that fits your home perfectly.



AVE-Pergola-Slider-2-Solid-and-Lattice-Roof-Combination-Pergola-in-Hendersonville-NCPergolas combine function and style. They provide shade with a unique look that can really make your home stand out. Our pergolas are made from durable, low maintenance aluminum that withstands the elements and will look beautiful for years to come. You won't ever have to worry about staining or replacing rotten wood. You can choose from an open lattice roof or a solid roof that offers complete shade coverage. We can attach the pergola to your home or install it freestanding in your yard or garden.



Colonial_Style_Replacement_Windows_in_Asheville,_NC[1]An easy way to increase the comfort and energy efficiency of a home is to replace the old windows and doors with the new, ultra high efficiency products that are available today. Your windows and doors are your view to the outside world. From your windows, you can watch your children play, keep an eye on the weather, and enjoy those flowers you just planted. How nice to be able to do that without feeling a draft or worrying that your money is going out the window with every gust of wind. With double pane glass, energy star ratings and features that make cleaning a breeze, new windows and doors can really make a difference in your home.

We want you to love the home you live in, both inside and outside. We offer free quotes, one on one design consultations, and 30 years of experience serving the people of WNC. Let us help you create your perfect home!

Win A Retractable Awning

We haven't done a home show in years so I am very excited to be participating in the Asheville Outdoor Living Expo this upcoming weekend. Even more exciting is the news that we are giving away a free Retractable Awning this weekend. We would love for you to stop by and see our fantastic pergola and retractable awning display and register to win the awning. This is a big prize valued at well over $3000! Come visit and let us help you expand your outdoor living space.

How To Clean Your Awnings The Right Way

Recently, here at the office, we have received several calls from people wanting to know how to clean their fabric awnings. I used to just have a boring list of instructions that I could give to folks but, I now have this really neat little gadget called a smart phone and it does some cools things like video and it even makes it super easy. So, I decided to push my technology skill set and make one of my first ever videos for Air Vent Exteriors, a step by step video on how to clean your awning. This video is always available on this site under the Videos tab but, I thought it deserved a feature presentation. It is short, to the point, and the demonstration is done by an awning cleaning professional. Now, that is the right way to get the right information to the people that want it and it is so much better than a boring list!


Happy Thanksgiving

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Somehow, it is the end of November already and Thanksgiving is upon us. This is the perfect time for us to step back and take stock of all the blessings we have been given over the past year. I feel very fortunate to represent  Air Vent Exteriors in thanking all of our wonderful customers! Thank you for trusting us to complete the projects that help you fully enjoy your outdoor living space. Thank you for allowing us to make your home more relaxing and comfortable. Thank you for supporting us as we have made WNC our business home for the past 30 years. You are the key to our success and we are truly grateful for all of you. Our greatest wish is that you have as much to be thankful for as we do this Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving!


Feed The Birds Contest

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Here at Air Vent Exteriors we are all about helping you expand your outdoor living space. We want you to enjoy the nature surrounding your home year round. Many of our customers enjoy bird watching from the comfort of their sunrooms year round.

We want you to enjoy your view this fall and winter so we are launching our very first contest, Feed the Birds. You can win this lovely bird feeder collection from Wild Birds Unlimited. It includes a hanging hopper feeder and a hanging suet feeder. Both of these feeders are from their ecotough series and are made from recycled materials and come with a lifetime guarantee. A bag of bird seed and two suet cakes round out the collection.

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Our Sunrooms Are Award Winning

I feel very fortunate to have some exciting news to share with you once again. We just won a design award from the National Sunroom Association for a sunroom project we completed in the Biltmore Lake community.  We are thrilled that our project won a design award but, we are even more thrilled that we gave our customers just what they wanted and they love their sunroom and deck and use it all the time.

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As you can see in the before picture, the homeowners had the typical small, wooden deck overlooking their backyard area. They wanted to increase their living space and get closer to nature by adding a sunroom. They also wanted a larger deck so they could thoroughly enjoy their garden and backyard area.

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We removed the old deck and the windows on the right side of the house. We added a custom designed, gable roof, 16’ x 16’ all season sunroom with French doors providing entry from the home into the sunroom. We used trapezoid windows at the top and knee wall windows at the bottom with high efficiency sliding windows making up the main walls of the all season room. A heating and cooling system was added so that the room can be used comfortably year round. Our talented craftsmen then built the new deck and benches with premium grade treated decking and rails.

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The end result is an award winning room that opens up the home to the natural beauty of the mountains while adding valuable square footage to the home. The extensive deck allows them to fully enjoy their backyard and provides space for entertaining and relaxing.

Happy customers and a design award! We won big with this project.



Welcome To Our New Website

This is my very first blog post and I feel so fortunate to be able to share exciting news with you in this introductory post. It’s our birthday! Right now I am singing the Happy Birthday song (in my head because my coworkers don’t fully appreciate my singing voice) because we turn 30 this year and it’s been a great year. I have to say that I think we just keep getting better with age!

Truly, turning thirty never looked so good because we just launched this beautiful new website. We listened to feedback from our employees and customers to design a site that is modern, easy to navigate and looks good on any desktop, tablet or mobile.  Many of our customers asked for more pictures and we did our best to deliver with an expanded gallery featuring multiple pictures of all of our products.  Our new contact us page makes it easy for you to get in touch with us for product inquiries and free estimates or with any questions you may have.

We are truly looking forward to sharing this new site with you and we welcome your feedback. You can email us through our Contact Us page or share your thoughts or comments on our Facebook page. Let us know what you think and we will continue to keep the improvements coming. We look great at 30 and we plan on looking even better at 40!